WTA Wuhan Open Tennis Winner Odds & Predictions

Muguruza set for deep run in China

Tennis Betting

WTA Wuhan Open Preview

There is more big action on the Asian swing of the WTA season as the attention shifts to Wuhan, China. This is Premier 5 tournament on the Tour with precious big points up for grabs in terms of qualification for the end of season Tour Championships. There is a big field in attendance as well as the WTA Wuhan Open including Simona Halep and the defending champion Caroline Garcia. This is a relatively young tournament on the Tour as it enters just its fifth edition.

WTA Wuhan Open Odds*

Simona Halep 13/2
Elina Svitolina 9/1
Angelique Kerber 10/1
Garbine Muguruza 12/1
Madison Keys 12/1
Caroline Garcia 14/1
Karolina Pliskova 14/1
Petra Kvitova 16/1
Caroline Wozniacki 16/1
Julia Goerges 22/1
Jelena Ostapenko 25/1
Ashleigh Barty 28/1
Bar 40/1
* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm)
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Muguruza and Garcia contend

There was an early-tournament casualty with Sloane Stephens suffering a shock first-round exit. That was down in the third quarter of the draw and the biggest benefactors from that will be Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia who are in that same quarter. The exit of Stephens leaves the top section of the third quarter wide open with no seed in there at all. Muguruza and defending champion Garcia would be meeting in the third round.

When it comes to those two meeting it is Spain’s Muguruza who is 3-0 up over Garcia so that is a nice indicator of what could happen going forward and it lends a bit of value on Muguruza now to go and power her way to a deep run at the tournament. She was runner-up here in 2015 to Venus William. Muguruza was stopped in the second round of Tokyo in her last Premier event. Still, she represents decent 12/1 odds* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) value in this one.

As for Garcia, she had one of the biggest moments of her career twelve months ago here and hasn’t been in bad form. She just lacks that bit of edge to get to the winner’s circle often enough. She will have fond memories but title defences are not easy and after a quarter final exit to Donna Vekic in Tokyo, we are passing over her. Karolina Pliskova will be full of confidence after beating US Open winner Naomi Osaka in the final of Tokyo on the weekend. That was a big win for Pliskova against the odds at the end of the day but we tend to avoid taking winners in back to back events because of the gruelling work involved in two big weekend.

Halep coming back fresh

Simona Halep is coming in a bit fresher than the rest and the Romanian is the 13/2 odd favourite* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm) and should rightly have plenty of backing. It isn’t the easiest of draws though because Daria Kasatkina could be a third-round opponent and then Elina Svitolina could be waiting for her in the quarterfinals. So not the easiest of runs for the favourite. It is the difficulty of the draw which makes her odds a little unappealing.

Caroline Wozniacki didn’t deliver in Tokyo the last time out in premier action and is worth a pass because it has been a while since we have seen her at her best. Angelique Kerber is in the mix but the German didn’t make the quarterfinals last season, but she is always a threat but there is the dangerous Petra Kvitova waiting in her path to potentially slip her up.

Predictions

We are going to take a chance on Muguruza this week who has decent tournament history, even if her form isn’t quite there at the moment. With the early exit of Stephens, there is a big chance ahead of her at getting a deep run and we like her chance. As a long shot this season we are going to have a look at Jelena Ostapenko who was a semi finalist twelve months ago and makes for a 25/1 each way bet if Pliskova’s title on the weekend takes a toll on her this week* (betting odds taken from September 23rd, 2018 at 9:02 pm).


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